Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ridia Estelle Hair Remover


I bought this on Qoo10 as an impulse buy, totally sold by the moisturising-whitening-permanent sales pitch. Urghhhhhh.

This product pretty much works like other depilatory creams, so I feel a little disappointed. You need to wait at least 10min instead of the 3min they claim to see the hairs start detaching, and I suggest you use a scraper or something instead of wiping the cream off, like other depilatory creams.
The hair breaks off at the roots, so I don't really understand how there can be permanent hair removal- but I guess I'll continue using the spray and see how it goes.

OH YES.
A spray.

I think they were attempting to make it hygienic and convenient and whatnot, however I still need to spread the liquid myself because the nozzle basically just shoots a thin stream of liquid precisely onto my leg and doesn't- dissipate- if you know what I'm trying to explain.

This is very moisturising and provides a nice feel to it afterwards. My legs also look brighter, though I am not sure if that is because the hair is gone.
This stinks like hair perms- if you have tried hair removal creams you will know what I'm talking about- and is much stronger smelling than other depilatory creams.
I will continue using this to see how it works- it seems to be gentler on the skin, which is a plus point. I didn't get any irritation afterwards.

Delivery is extremely fast considering it is from Japan- took only a week and it was wrapped expertly, with invoice and supporting documents included. Very impressed with the delivery.



Fast delivery from Japan
   Moisturises, brightens(?)
Hygienic
Bad smell. VERY BAD SMELL.
 
Needs a longer time than claimed.


Breaks off at the roots




Overall rating:


Did not perform up to expectations, but it still works.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Body Shop Aloe Moist Lotion (for sensitive skin)

Hi peeps, I'm really busy with work and university applications so I will be doing posts with quick takes on certain products I've tried recently- I'm making sure to choose products that can be tried out at their respective stores so you can try them out for yourself too- because urgh I don't have my DSLR available and my phone camera is. the. pits.

So, today I'll be giving you my quick take on The Body Shop's Aloe Moist Lotion (for sensitive skin)!

It looks like this.
The bottle is opaque btw, it's a very pretty mint green that strangely looks see-through in this picture I grabbed off The Body Shop's website (teehee)

It is intended to be a moisturiser rather than a toner, and when I apply it on my face it feels really soothing and nice.
It claims to be fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and colour-free, and it certainly lives up to its claims.. Though to be honest sometimes I feel it smells a little like paint!

This didn't work out as nicely as Nature Republic's Aloe Vera gel, because I'd apply it before I sleep and feel a little uncomfortable and my skin a tad bit sticky.
It also doesn't soothe my skin as well as the aloe vera gel did.

As I don't have sensitive skin, I can't test if this product really lives up to its claims of soothing sensitive skin, and overall, I'd give it a miss. It's even more expensive than the aloe vera gel too (=_=) And it doesn't help my acne at all.


Likes: Fragrance-free, doesn't sting skin
Dislikes: Does not perform up to expectations and is more expensive than the aloe vera gel
Rating: ❤❤❤ (3/5) Not too bad, but not that good either. Just meh.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

So, if you are living in Singapore/ Korea, you would have seen this product EVERYWHERE.
Yes, this one.
So, I gave in a few months ago and bought it on Qoo10 during a sale (they usually have it at 1+1, 12.90 SGD but I managed to get it a dollar cheaper (hey, it's still money).
I was quite skeptical at first because everyone was RAVING about it and going on and on about how awesome it was. When I got it in a pretty sizable box (heavy, too) I was quite impressed by the value for money. Its diameter is almost as long as a smartphone.
I slathered a sizable amount on my face and waited. It absorbed pretty quickly, but I would recommend using an exfoliator first for better absorption.
Insider's Secrets: Premier Dead Sea has made a really fantastic exfoliator, it's on sale at City Link Mall (?) for 39.90SGD because they released a new packaging and want to clear the old ones- original price 49.90SGD)
Alternatively, you can buy the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush (I think there is one at Suntec City) but be warned, not everyone might take to it (review later). For me, it leaves my skin feeling matt, cool and fresh, and does not cause me to overproduce facial oil afterwards. However, some people have complained about their face feeling too dry or having overactive oil production, so I'd advise you to buy the mini pot (10g) first. Please see the review for more info on it, as I don't want to go on and on about another product here. But it has worked really well for me, so I'd recommend you check it out.
Anyway, it absorbed like a charm and my face felt deliciously moisturised afterwards. If you feel that your face feels sticky, you have probably applied more than your face can take in. Either:
i) reduce the dosage or
ii) Exfoliate before using this gel or

iii) Splash some water on your face (no need to try to wash it off entirely, usually I just let the tap run and cup some water to my face and gently pat my face dry afterwards.
It works really well for people with sensitive skin, and I was amazed to see it reduced the redness of my acne. I usually squeeze my pimples, particularly those on my nose, and so I'll usually wake up with the redness still there.
But when I apply this gel, I don't get any redness or swelling, or spreading of acne! I was totally amazed! (don't follow my example and squeeze your pimples, I don't get acne scars for some reason but not everyone might be as lucky)
However, this product loses its effectiveness if you use it consecutively for several days for some reason. So I usually alternate this product with the Laniege Water Bank Sleeping Mask_EX I got recently (I have so much reviews to do omg) and the Laniege Water Bank Hydro gel (moisturiser) 
There are tons of uses you can get out of this aloe vera gel.
I also use it to tame my unruly hair (I have naturally wavy/ curly hair and when I wake up in the morning they go out of control), use it after tweezing/ shaving to soothe my skin, and before I go out. I don't use makeup save for lips and mascara, so I can't tell if it is good under foundation.
Also, I find this mask a little strong on the alcohol smell, I'm not sure why they would put in alcohol as it is drying ._.
When I apply the mask, my face feels moisturised but my hands always feel dry afterwards ._. Hmmm... But it works for me so I'm not complaining, ha ha!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat (All Yarned Up) and Sugar Coat (Sour Apple)

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Bought these at a steal- only $6 SGD each! (Watsons sells both at $19.90)
I thought I'd be really really impressed by them both because I've heard so many raves online, especially about the fuzzy coat, but surprisingly it didn't appeal to me as much as I thought they would.

All Yarned Up looks better on its own or over a nude colour for some reason.. I expected it to 'pop' nicely with a dark base but it wasn't fantastic. I preferred it on its own. On a side note, this has got to be the most pungent nail polish I've had so far. When I opened the bottle I nearly choked up because I was so overwhelmed. I change my nail polish every week, so I'm pretty used to the smell already, but boy, this really takes the cake.
 
Application was smooth and I did not need to go fishing because the bars are so dense, but getting them to distribute evenly is a bit of a chore as they tend to clump to one end and leave the sides kinda lacking. I think they would look better spaced out over a base but thicker if over a light base/ on its own.


Sour Apple is exactly like a lumpier and more muted (less neon) 'Highlight of my Summer' by China Glaze, down to the chalky look. I swear they are colour dupes. I got Sour Apple hoping to chance the perfect mint green I was looking for, but was slightly disappointed again. I wanted something more green (I guess that's technically not mint but a light green), but by all accounts this has been the most perfect mint so far.

Application was easy, took about 2-3 coats. Dried really fast and the texture started coming out only as it dried. It is pretty scratch-resistant, don't add a top coat for this one or you'll smooth out the lumps.


I've done a quick manicure featuring these two polishes (pardon my short nails, it was a school day) and Glittering Garland from China Glaze as a base for All Yarned Up as an accent nail. You'll notice that the colour clashes a little but I couldn't get All Yarned Up on its own, it wouldn't show up as well using my lousy phone camera if so.

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What do you think about these two polishes? :)
Yay or nay?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Exciting News!

I have very exciting news to share with you all!

I was one of the four finalists for the OXY challenge, and the pictures will be up soon!
I can't wait to get the results- winner gets two pairs of tickets to Hong Kong!


Update: I won!!! The pictures will be up on the OXY Singapore page soon :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bath and Body Works PocketBacs: Vanilla Berry Sorbet, Sweet Pea, Fresh Picked Garden Herbs and Apple Blossoms, Midnight Pomegranate

I've been lusting after these for so long, but they weren't available in my country :((( so, I decided to take a leap of faith and join a spree, and got five bottles! I've already given away the other two before I thought of taking photos, but that's fine because the other two have colours that don't quite match! *colour-anal photographer here*

Anyway, the ones I got were (from L-R): Sweet Pea, Vanilla Berry Sorbet, Fresh Picked Apple Blossoms and the other two are Midnight Pomegranate and Fresh Picked Garden Herbs.


I should add that I got these for their scent and not for bacteria-busting purposes, so don't expect me to review about how much it helps me to keep my hands clean blahblahblah... BECAUSE I DON'T USE THEM ON MY HANDS! (whoops)

My absolute favourites are Vanilla Berry Sorbet and Fresh Picked Garden Herbs (which I gave to my bf)! Vanilla Berry Sorbet reminds me of a very sweet and sexy smell, and I love it! It might be a bit strong for some people though, but for that same reason it lasts longer and lingers beautifully on me for hours and hours!

I might be a bit biased because it's the scent I've been looking for for like forever since I smelled it on my classmate and she refused to let me know what it was >△< so HA, I got it anyway! (I can't use it in school because of her though :( )

Fresh Picked Garden Herbs is a sweet, fresh, clean scent with a bit of a spicy tinge... And it's subtle yet strong- I really can't begin to describe it! I keep stealing it back from him to use so technically it's still mine haha ≧▽≦ did I mention how much I love spicy scents?!

I had high expectations for sweet pea because I've seen raves about it in reviews, but it was too strong and sweet and floral and I hated it. It lingers too long for my liking because I don't like how it smells. Doesn't work well with my body chemistry so I'm thinking about giving it away.

Fresh Picked Apple Blossoms is a nice, inoffensive scent. It's pleasant enough, but not something that would make me go 'WOW!' It doesn't smell like apples. I have no idea how apple blossoms smell like though.

Midnight Pomegranate is just a intense sweet musk. Meh. It's like a muskier, edgier version of sweet pea. Too old for me.

So that's it for my very short review! If you haven't realised yet, I'm switching to short posts I can type out on the go since I'm so busy right now :( hope you guys support me all the same!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ in Choco-Latte (240)

I can't love this enough!!! 


I bought this on Qoo10 for 4 SGD, a total steal given that Sally Hansen is a pretty reputable brand :)
Choco-Latte is similar to Butter London's 'Tea With the Queen', in fact it might be a pretty good dupe but I haven't done a proper comparison yet because I tried Tea with the Queen at my friend's house! The colour is sort of a pinkish dark beige, I think some people call it a tan instead of a nude but it's a perfect colour for any occasion! (except parties maybe)

In fact, I feel it applies better than Butter London!! 2 coats to full opacity, no air bubbles at all, no streaking, no lines showing up. It is my most manageable polish so far, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I first tried it. I don't know if it chips easily though since I haven't left it on long enough.

Credit must be given to the fan-type brush- it applies the polish really nicely and reaches all parts well, so I don't need to struggle to fill the sides because the brush fans out and applies it just right. *squeal* I can cover my whole nail in two strokes! I used a thinner first coat but it was nearly opaque even then, and one more coat to get it just right :)
The polish dries really quickly, which I'm grateful for because I'm such a klutz and always mess up my nails minutes later. I topped this with Sally Hansen Dry Kwik Nail Colour Dryer, which I feel really helps.
Other people might beg to differ, judging from the reviews I seen. You either love it or hate it, apparently- and I'm in the former group! It contains mineral oil that helps with the drying process. Some people dislike it because of the oiliness, but it keeps my cuticles healthy and protected :) it's more runny than a polish so as long as you are careful it shouldn't be too messy!

I might buy another bottle of this as a spare because I can definitely see myself using this a lot :) Or other polishes from this range. Again, I love the brushes from this collection!!
Choco-Latte is a good choice for everyone, and it flatters mid-toned people like me quite well! The darker nude makes my skin tone look fairer, but even pale-skinned ladies can do no wrong with this- treat it as a camel/ tan shade for an everyday, no-fuss mani- perfect for work and other formal events too!
(Sally Hansen should hire me to promote this range hahaha. Hint, hint.)